About Make Music

Privia Piano Bar, Make Music New York 2013
Make Music New York 2013. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty

Last year, over 700 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21st.

It all started 32 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 different countries.

Learn more about Make Music in North America, and the Make Music Alliance.

Make Music Cities


Make Music New York 2007. Photo: Ethan Kent
Make Music New York 2007. Photo: Ethan Kent

Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

If you want to play — or to host a performance — follow these easy steps.

1. Check to see if your hometown is already a Make Music city. If so, you’re in luck! Follow the link to their site and get the full details on how to participate.

2. If your city isn’t on board yet, download the Event Kit with tips for setting up and promoting a Make Music event where you live. You can create a concert almost anywhere – storefronts, porches, garages, gardens, parks, or the sidewalk outside your home or business are all options. Then register your event with us and we’ll put it on the schedule.

3. If you are interested in organizing a larger-scale Make Music celebration in your city, please email dave@makemusicday.org.


Make Music Boston
Make Music Boston 2014. Photo: Maria Finkelmeier

All Make Music concerts are free and open to the public.

As the solstice draws near, our website and mobile apps will help you find the music you’re looking for. Or just go outside on June 21 and follow your ears!

Sign up to be notified when concert listings are available.

National Partners

Media Resources

Make Music Chicago
Make Music Chicago 2014. Photo: Rush Hour Concerts

Download the Make Music logo in a variety of styles and formats.


Make Music Los Angeles
Make Music Los Angeles 2014. Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty

Help spread Make Music throughout the world — make a donation today!

Or send a check to:
Make Music Alliance Inc.
278 Saint James Pl #2
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Make Music Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Aaron Friedman at (646) 657-9709, or email aaron@makemusicday.org.